artist-in-residence: sarah bahbah

photo by sarah bahbah

the photographer who captures magical moments at music festivals.

There are live concerts by your favorite bands, and then there are live experiences with them. If you are a live music lover like me, you know there are moments that exist during shows that you wish you could bottle up and take home forever. Usually trying to snap your own Instagram just doesn’t cut it, or going up to a couple who are making out and taking their photo might seem just a little too terrifying. So, instead, the photo lives on your iPhone forever, until it’s too old for a #latergram.

However, Australian photographer Sarah Bahbah is one of those artists who finds these moments, is fearless in capturing them exactly as they are, and then recreates them exactly as she saw them with handmade, one-of-a-kind filters that bring the viewer straight into the scene that they might not have even experienced in real life.

I had the chance to chat with Sarah about traveling on tour with bands, what she looks for in a photo, and how living in the now has changed her life.

How did you first get into photography?
My interest first started in high school, but it really grew at my first year in uni, where I was into fashion photography but it wasn’t really my thing. So I emailed this promoter at a festival a week before and told her I really wanted to capture music and asked her to give me a chance. And she let me. I just had a regular photo pass, but I started to sneak backstage. I was obsessed with Angus & Julia Stone at the time and I was getting photos of them on the side stage. Angus just came up to me and started spinning me around on stage. I was like “I love festivals.” “I’m going to do them forever now.” And I haven’t stopped since. It was that experience of being able to engage with the artist and capture them in their moment.

I first discovered your photos through the album you created of Rufus at Southbound, and I was blown away. That filter is so cool. How did you decide on that?
So, basically, I’ve been doing that kind of style in my photos since I started and it was before Instagram had even started. At first it was organic, so I was creating it with cellophane and burning it so there would be a bit of edge to the photos. But then I decided to jump on Photoshop and create these custom filters per photos or albums. So I’ve actually been developing them for like four or five years now. I don’t have anything saved, it’s all different every time.

I love your band photos, but what do you look for in other subjects, specifically in your latest project The Wild Ones?
Well, every time I was traveling with bands and then covering festivals, I was coming up with hundreds and hundreds of photos, but I would go back and find that they just looked like everything else; people would pose, or things were staged. People thought I was capturing the festival, but I really wasn’t capturing it the way I really saw it, raw organic moments. I was getting really frustrated and decided to step back and photograph the subtle wild ones. I also recently read a book called The Power of Now. It’s pretty life changing to be honest. It’s just like, “Be present. Stop thinking and just be.” I decided I wanted to bring that into my photos as well. I will go around festivals and dedicate certain lighting hours to trying to find people who are going against the norm. But I do pre-plan shots in my head and think, “If I can capture a moment like this, I will be so stoked.” I’ve got a list full.

Can you tell me what one of them is?
Well, I’m hoping there are tents everywhere at Firefly--the festival that I'm going to with The Griswolds this weekend. It’s nighttime, the stars are out. So, all of the tents are really subtle, but there’s one in the center that’s kind of lit up, and then there’s just a couple making out and I’ve got the silhouette through the tent, with the others in the background, and then, they’re under the stars.

When people find you taking photos of them how do they react?
Most of the time they’re passed out or really high on drugs. There was this one guy, it was one of the first shots I took for The Wild Ones. He was really good looking, I was just like “Hey, um you look really good smoking that cigarette, can I take a photo of you?” He had really big blue eyes. I just said, “Okay look at me and smoke.” And then I took his photo and ran away.

What advice would you give to emerging photographers?
I heard this quote once, but I’m not sure where it’s from. It says “Observe everything around you as if you’ve never seen it before,” and it’s so true. I also had this crazy dream and woke up thinking this statement over and over: “It’s not about if they could pour kerosene over a vehicle and light it up. It’s about the ones who rebelled against the norm and are wild at heart.”

Want to know if Sarah ever gets that tent-under-the-stars shot? Us, too. That’s why we’re following The Wild Ones project here and stalking her adventures on Instagram.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.